Aaron Goldberg \\ Pianist
As a Musician
Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his new release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words,“in the dynamic plane of the present.”
Other veterans who have called upon Goldberg’s services include Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis.
“At first improvisation was a mystery and a puzzle, but soon it became a profound inner and outer journey as life and music entwined.” After receiving awards from Berklee College of Music and Downbeat Magazine, Aaron moved to New York City at 17 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and devoted his off-hours to practicing the piano and performing in New York clubs.
Goldberg returned to Boston a year later to pursue a degree in history and science at Harvard University. His course of study shifted as Harvard created an interdisciplinary program in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and he graduated magna cum laude as the first person to receive the new program's degree in 1996. In 2010 Aaron received a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Tufts University.
As an Educator
Alongside a demanding touring schedule Aaron maintains an active interest in education and in the role of music in society as a whole. In 2004, 2008 and 2012, Aaron produced and performed in Jazz for America's Future, Jazz for Obama, and Jazz for Obama 2012, fundraising concerts for Sen. John Kerry and President Barack Obama respectively.
A member of the instrumental faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Aaron is also an educator and clinician at conservatories and universities worldwide. With John Ellis, he is the co-arranger/composer of the Baby Loves Jazz series of books and cds, and the musical director of All Souls at Sundown, a jazz and poetry series in NYC. He resides in New York City.
Aaron Goldberg exemplifies the concept of “young veteran,” a player who began amassing invaluable sideman and collaborative experiences while in college, continued honing his skills and his vision in the years that immediately followed, and now stands as a leader with his own perspective on one of jazz’s most revered formats, the piano trio.